The Columbus Department of Public Service is serving the community in a new way this holiday season.
Every year, the department’s Infrastructure Management team takes on a holiday community project — usually with area seniors.
But this year, they were inspired by the Division Administrator’s young daughter to create more than 100 “Blessing Bags” that will be handed out to the homeless.
“We’re so public facing. We’re always out in the field,” said Division Administrator Frank Williams. “And we have a lot of connection with the homeless community.”
Each bag contains gloves, socks, lip balm, a food item and more — all donated by members of the department.
“This staff … We’re more than just pothole fillers and street maintenance folk,” said Williams. “We actually are humans that enjoy serving and enjoy being part of the community.”
Williams said crews will keep the bags in their trucks and hand them out as they perform their daily jobs on the city’s streets.
If the program is successful, Williams said the department will take on the project again in the summer.